Iivula-Ithana graduates with MBA

30 Sep 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) – Home Affairs and Immigration Minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration Management from the International University of Management (IUM) on Friday.
Iivula-Ithana, who is now 64 years old, was among 2 500 graduates who were accorded qualifications by the institution during a graduation ceremony held here.
Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Iivula-Ithana chronicled how she had registered for a Master’s degree at the then Polytechnic of Namibia (now Namibia University of Science and Technology) in 2007 before dropping out to tend to her two portfolios of Swapo party Secretary General and Minister of Justice.
“Six years later, I learnt that IUM was offering MBA programmes, so I felt maybe I should give it another shot,” said Iivula-Iithana.
Iivula-Ithana explained that challenges at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration also prompted her to take up studies in this particular field to help her understand some of the new issues and challenges the ministry faced.
She said being a minister and a student was not easy, as she could only attend classes occasionally during the first year for the introductory part of the course.
“I must really credit my professors at IUM as they were ready to accommodate my time, so they would guide me with the little time I had on weekends and I did the rest on my own during the week,” said Iivula-Ithana.
Iivula-Ithana called on young people to dedicate their youth to studying, as responsibilities are few at this stage.
“I spent most of my youth in the liberation struggle, and could not really take up some studies. Age is just a number and not a limitation,” said Iivula-Ithana.
While in exile, in 1979 she obtained a Diploma in Public Administration and Management from the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Zambia, a qualification she bolstered with a Bachelor of Law and B.Juris degree that she attained from the University of Namibia in 1999.